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Citing a local and national shortage of forensic pathologists amid the dramatic rise of fatal overdoses and the opioid epidemic, the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet is partnering with UofL and UK to strengthen the state Medical Examiner's Office and improve the retainment of such doctors.
The 40215 ZIP code stretching from Churchill Downs south to the Beechmont neighborhood was hit the hardest by the opioid crisis last year, with 27 residents dying from a drug overdose and 51 total overdose deaths in that area.